Wade to Chicago: Legitimate Interest or Master Strategy?

For as promising as the new season had started for the Miami Heat on day one, things have taken a turn for the decidedly worse on day two.

Dwyane Wade’s decision to grant the Bulls a second meeting has columnists suggesting it was more than just a courtesy visit and South Floridians panicking over the prospect of losing their MVP-caliber shooting guard.

Per Chad Ford:

Dwyane Wade is leaning toward committing to the Chicago Bulls, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com’s Chad Ford on Friday.

According to the source, Wade requested a second meeting with Bulls shortly after the 2006 NBA Finals MVP spent more than two hours getting wooed by the New York Knicks at a downtown Chicago hotel Friday morning. The source stressed that Wade needed the meeting to clarify issues around signing with the Bulls.

Up until today, it was deemed ludicrous that Wade would ever leave the Heat. People weren’t pitching him; he was pitching for them.

This news is absolutely shocking.

Despite published reports, the potential addition of Wade in Chicago is likely not in combination with Lebron James or Chris Bosh. The Bulls simply don’t have the cap space. The last cap estimate provided by Commissioner David Stern was $56.1 million at the start of the playoffs. The Bulls would only have enough room for a $13,838,492 offer after signing one maximum free agent. That number is below the second max threshold by $2,730,417 – an amount which can not be bridged without first moving Luol Deng.

Instead, the likely pairing might just be with Carlos Boozer David Lee. That would make for a fairly lethal combination in Chicago – Rose, Wade, Deng, Boozer/Lee and Noah. It could also force James to reconsider his hometown Cavs, and would leave the Heat twisting in the wind with nearly $49 million of spending money and absolutely nobody of substantial quality to spend it on.

Or could this all just be Dwyane’s best head-fake ever, a master strategy designed to inspire a grand sense of hope in the Windy City and hinder the chances of his adopted hometown Heat’s biggest free agency rival from securing premium talent?

I only ask myself why Wade would drop this bombshell on us all the day before Chicago’s meeting with Lebron James. Could it be to muck things up?

The math suggests we could all be over-reacting. Dwyane is not one to consider throwing away guaranteed money. Unlike the Raptors and Cavs, the Heat has nothing to gain from trading away its franchise player in a sign-and-trade transaction. The freed-up cap space would be more valuable than anything the Bulls would be willing to offer. So teaming up with James in Chicago would be effectively throwing away as much as $45 million, and a stand-alone signing would be tossing aside as much as $30 million.

Anecdotal evidence does as well.

The world just saw tweets and pictures of Dwyane laughing it up at dinner with Chris Bosh last night. Did that look like the face of a man who was contemplating an enormous change of heart? If the two were indeed contemplating joining forces in Chicago, do you think either man would be willing to take such a significant pay cut?

Further encouraging is that Wade is planning to return to South Florida next Tuesday to host a publicity event in Davie at Nova Southeastern University. You just don’t schedule that type of event for yourself if you have any intention whatsoever of donning a rival jersey by then.

I wish I could definitively state that this is all just one big charade designed to cause major distraction to a host of teams which really can’t afford to lose focus.

I can’t.

But my instincts tell me not to panic just yet.

12 Responses

  1. berkeley223 says:

    thank you albert. I need some sanity here. b/c this is nuts!!

  2. Petes says:

    I hope you’re right Albert. This is making me nervous!

  3. Remote Heat fan says:

    Am I the only one that looks at a backcourt of Wade and Rose and go . . . hmm? Rose is a smaller version of Wade. He is not a traditional point guard. He is a slasher who needs the ball to drive to the hoop.

    Here . . .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAA8mLz8aJ0

    That is typical Rose. So is he a TWO in a ONE body? I dunno.

    I would love to see Wade in the backcourt, a serviceable one and a VERY strong frontcourt. Hell, Wade, Amare, Bosh would be insane as much as Wade, Bosh, James.

  4. marco says:

    trust me people , its a master strategy, dwyane wouldnt sell out pat that easily

    hes doing it so the media can blow it right out of the water, and that gives chicago confidence going in – once july 8th hits, dwyane, lebron and whoever will make the splash signing with the heat – its been planned long ago

    btw the logo for courting the king on espn has lebron at american airlines arena. the riddle is solved 😛

  5. Max says:

    Albert, let’s say he did leave then where does that leave Miami? What would they possibly do…?

  6. Jon says:

    You guys are thinking way too much into this. This isn’t a master strategy. It’s our master strategy falling apart.

    Albert, if Bosh wants max money, why not say forget LeBron and do a sign and trade with Toronto for Bosh and then resign Wade? While it may not be the big three, at least Wade will still be here. I’m not going to lie, I will no longer be a fan of the game of basketball if Wade leaves Miami. I’ll be crushed.

  7. Jon says:

    As much as I don’t like Stephen A. Smith, you should all read this: http://stephena.com/?p=953

    I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it sounds legit.

  8. marco says:

    well riley did have a 3 hour meeting with james, longer than any other conducted with the king thus far. this is going to work out

  9. Max says:

    @marco

    There was a report that Wade and bosh don’t want to play with lebron..

  10. Jon says:

    @marco
    Stop being so optimistic. Our basketball world is crumbling before our eyes. And how ironic would it be if Wade signs with Chicago tomorrow and Riley and company return home to Wade County to lick their wounds? I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight. I can only imagine how Riley feels. I want an apology.

  11. marco says:

    @Jon
    We are all in this together Jon , how do you think i feel , there’s a side of me thats crushed and another side that tells me not to panic – Riley doesn’t lose that easily. If only the suns accepted that trade that would have sent stodemire to the heat :S big stuff up.

    we will have 2 wait and see but i have a feeling theres something good brewing in miami.. you cant bet against riley in these situations. it could all just be that wade is casting a shadow to hide whats really happening. day 3 coming up FINGERS CROSSED HEAT FANS FINGERS CROSSED

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